Warwick library kicks off winter writing series

  • The Warwick Free Public Library is about to offer a new program called Warwick Winter Writing Wednesdays. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 1/17/2019 11:31:54 AM

Wednesdays are about to become the day to flex your creative muscles in Warwick, thanks to a new program offered by the Warwick Free Public Library.

Warwick Winter Writing Wednesdays, a series for both new and experienced writers, will be held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 27 on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library, 4 Hotel Road in Warwick.

The free program, led by Warwick poet Elaine Reardon, will focus on weekly writing exercises and a longer piece of writing, according to a library press release.

These writings may grow into finished poetry, memoir or flash literature. The focus is poetry, but those who prefer writing prose narrative are also welcome. Work is from initial impulse to final edits.

“What I think is absolutely the best thing is when someone who hasn’t written before finds themselves at the finished end of something they didn’t ever think they could do,” Reardon said.

Reardon said she sees the program as “a bit of writing salon,” where anyone over age 16 can express themselves with words.

“Of course, no one is pressured to share,” she noted. “Writing is personal. But when we use different prompts, it can be less personal and easier to share.”

Reardon is a poet, herbalist, educator and member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her chapbook, “The Heart is a Nursery for Hope,” published in September of 2016, won first honors from Flutter Press as the top seller of the year. In 2018, she won the Beal Poetry Prize, was a Writers Digest finalist and was short-listed at the Hammond House poetry contest.

Reardon said this is her first time facilitating the writing series, but that’d she be open to offering more writing sessions.

“I’ve worked as a teacher in Franklin County for a bunch of years, and taught students writing as one of my loves,” she said. “If people come and want it repeated, I’d repeat it in the future.”

To register for Warwick Winter Writing Wednesdays, call the library at 978-544-7866, or email warwick@cwmars.org or elainereardonpoetry@gmail.com. To learn more about Reardon, visit her website at: elainereardon.wordpress.com.


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